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empty nest

A family home inhabited by parents after their children have grown up and departed. Many parents feel depressed when they are left in an empty nest.
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empty nest

The home of parents whose children have grown up and moved out. For example, Now that they had an empty nest, Jim and Jane opened a bed-and-breakfast. This expression, alluding to a nest from which baby birds have flown, gave rise to such related ones as empty-nester, for a parent whose children had moved out, and empty-nest syndrome, for the state of mind of parents whose children had left. [c. 1970]
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an empty nester

An empty nester is a parent whose children have left home. I'm trying to prepare myself for becoming an empty nester when my youngest child goes to university.
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empty nester

a person whose children have grown up and left home. informal
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n. parents whose children have grown and moved out. There are a few adjustments that empty-nesters have to make.
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Additionally, many empty nesters want master bedrooms on the first level of the house, though this is not necessarily an easy find.
Nester insists that Jacksonism was the inspiration for "the Far Right of America's political spectrum, most recently the neoconservatism and Tea Party movements" (p.
Nester rightly notes that Jackson's image; beliefs, acts and character profoundly influenced American politics between 1815 and 1848.
He was only going about 100 knots, and that can be really dangerous," Major Nester said.
Much of this work is done by machines and Nester coordinates the people with the equipment to keep the process flowing smoothly.
The reader will not turn to Nester for a new interpretation of the Seven Years' War, but rather for a measured account of it.
Del Webb Baby Boomer Survey: Empty nesters enjoy newfound freedom and prefer kids don't move back home
Nester, a historian specializing in early American history at St.
Nester, 25, of Van Nuys has been carving pumpkins since he was 10 or so, and carving professionally at the Tapia Family Pumpkin Patch in Reseda since he was 15.
What makes this time unique," explained Mercier, "is that an Empty Nester now has the time and finances to catch up on their life's to-do list.
3 David Nester in Tuesday's play, struggled in the first match but came back to take Haiti's Ronald Agenor (3-6), 6-4, 7-6.
The winner from the most recent life phase sweepstakes, Curtis Harris, father of five young men, recently became an empty nester the when the last of his children left home.
3 Daniel Nester, who almost beat Andre Agassi in last year's semifinals, was ousted by South African Marcos Ondruska 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 in another surprising opening-round match.
ABC PA applauds the Commonwealth Court for their decision," stated Brian Nester, ABC PA Chairman and President of Nester Brothers, Inc.